Archive for March, 2007

Could Phthalates be Causing Higher Belly Fat in Men?

Published: 21 March 2007
Category: Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

CBC News reports, “Phthalates, a class of chemicals used in some plastic food packaging and soaps, have been implicated in higher belly fat in men.” According to the article, such chemicals have been implicated in reproductive problems in men, including low sperm counts, low testosterone levels and even subtle changes in the reproductive organs […]

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Are Plastic Chemicals Related to the Obesity Epidemic in the U.S.?

Published: 21 March 2007
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

A Rochester study has linked exposure to phthalates, found in many plastics products, to insulin resistance and abdominal obesity in adult males. The research adds to the growing concern that low-dose exposures to phthalates and other common chemicals may be reducing testosterone levels in men, thereby contributing to the rise in obesity and possibly […]

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Going Green Means You Might want to Rid Your Body of Certain Plastic Chemicals

Published: 21 March 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS

The National Geographic’s The Green Guide reports that soft PVC, a plastic used in many “teething” toys, contains phthalates, which have allegedly been implicated with children’s asthma and reproductive and developmental harm in animals and some humans. Further, polycarbonate plastic, used in clear baby bottles, allegedly contain a chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA), […]

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California Reaches Out to the Environment

Published: 21 March 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/Federal Regulations

According to the Environmental Health Perspectives, California legislators have initiated groundbreaking laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent over the next 13 years, reduce statewide vehicular emissions by 30 percent by 2016, and is also considering a statewide green chemistry policy that could exceed the scope of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act […]

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Environmental Chemicals and The Health of Your Body

Published: 20 March 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

Chemical and Engineering News reports that more and more, researchers are finding that the effects seen in animals exposed to the plastics’ chemical bisphenol A (BPA), found in “clear plastic baby bottles and many types of food and drink containers,” correlate with the effects seen in humans. The article further reports that exposure to […]

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Medela free of BPA

Published: 20 March 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA)

According to Medela.com, in light of research linking bisphenol A (BPA) to health problems, Medela, the world’s leading manufacturer of breast pumps, issued a reminder that its breast shields and breast milk collection containers, which come into direct contact with breast milk have always been made of polypropylene, a durable BPA-free plastic. Link to Full Article

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House and Senate Bills to Ban Products with Bisphenol A for use of Children under Three

Published: 20 March 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/Federal Regulations

Minnesota House Bill 2100 Author: Clark, Introduced – 3/14/2007 Summary: This bill would require that beginning January 1, 2009, no person or entity manufacture, sell, or distribute in commerce any toy or child care article intended for use by a child under three years of age if that product contains bisphenol-A. Included in this […]

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Consulting Firm to Review BPA Also Works for the Chemical’s Manufacturers

Published: 19 March 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

According to Chemical and Engineering News, a consulting firm, Sciences International (SI) assisting a review of bisphenol A risks also works for the chemical compound’s manufacturers. Because of a potential conflict of interest, the interagency National Toxicology Program (NTP) has barred the contractor from continuing its work with the review on the chemical. […]

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Human Health Consultant Organization has “Very Controversial” Ties to the Chemical Industry

Published: 19 March 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/Federal Regulations

Living on Earth reports that it is “the job of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to assess the potential dangers that chemicals pose to people’s reproductive health but that job is largely being done on behalf of the federal center by a private consulting firm called Sciences International.” Further, the article reports […]

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Cause of Delay in BPA Assessment Calls for Concern

Published: 19 March 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer link & plastic packaging, Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, bisphenol A is a chemical found “in the lining of your soup can, the clear plastic of your baby’s bottle and the sealants covering your teeth. But it might be harmful to your health.” The Sentinel further reports that an expert panel was called together last week […]

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